In his new Greater Good essay, Stephen G. Post offers six simple practices for becoming more altruistic—practices to help you reap the health benefits of helping others.
At the top of his list: “Keep a journal about the large and small ways you are giving to people right now.” This seems simple enough, but it can be hard to find time to actually do it. So we’re offering a quick and easy way to get started.
Click here to share something you’ve done this week to help someone else.
No example is too small: That friendly smile or shared snack may have seemed trivial to you, but it could have made a huge difference in someone else’s day.
Recording your nuggets of generosity helps you focus on all you’re currently doing to help others. That way, altruistic acts seem like an extension of who you already are rather than a new chore for your To Do list. And don’t hold back: Research suggests that giving is contagious. The examples you provide can inspire others—including your kids—to their own acts of kindness.